In a self-professed quest for “audio perfection,” Cliff Maag designed the EQ4 to provide unparalleled transparency and top-end presence while maintaining a true, natural sound. Based on his classic — and long-discontinued — NTI EQ3 from the ’80s, the EQ4 features Maag’s legendary Air Band control, a major component to the vocal mix chain on Madonna’s Ray of Light as well as Celine Dion’s Taking Chances.
Designed in conjunction with Brainworx, the Maag EQ4 Plug-In is an expertly rendered emulation of this modern classic EQ for your UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo-equipped workstation.
Maag designed the single channel, six-band EQ4 to “lift the blanket” from source material and enhance high-end energy without imparting raspy artifacts or phase reversal. But the Maag EQ4 plug-in isn’t just engineered for high-frequency detail — it shapes signals from the top to the bottom with unfettered musicality.
Whether you need to jettison a polluting, ultra-low rumble, or simply increase the beef of a kick drum, the Sub control is a powerful tool. The 40 Hz band allows further low-end sculpting as it can open up the bass response in your mixes, make a kick drum bigger, or deftly smooth-out an electric bass.
The 160 Hz band can be used to reduce unwanted resonance in vocals or punch up a kick drum, whereas a boost in the 650 Hz band will make vocals clearer and more intelligible. Conversely, cutting this band will make them less direct sounding in the mix.
The Maag EQ4 plug-in’s Air Band feature is renowned for its ability to bring an organic sheen to any source. A boost-only shelf at 2.5 kHz, 5 kHz, 10 kHz, 20 kHz, and 40 kHz, the Air Band is smooth, sweet, and pleasant sounding, as it opens up the top end response of a single track or an entire mix — even when pushed — like no other EQ.